Are you having a hard time getting started on your weight-loss journey? With so much advice out there about how to lose weight, it can feel so overwhelming that you have no idea where or how to begin. Or maybe you've tried a plan and haven't seen any progress, so you just give up.
Here's a simple plan from fat-loss coach Carter Good (@cartergood on Instagram) to help you get started today. He said, "For the next month, I want you to implement as many (if not all) of these strategies as you can."
He doesn't believe in cutting carbs or sugar or fruit or whatever. Although you do need to cut calories in order to lose weight, he said, "if you go in with a list of 'bad' foods you can't have anymore, it'll just worsen your relationship with food, and you may end up quitting altogether."
A more effective approach is to start adding healthy habits into your life, like these six:
- Instead of eliminating foods, start adding more low-calorie veggies like leafy greens, cucumbers, and celery.
- Start incorporating more lean protein into every meal including tofu, chicken, and eggs.
- Instead of eliminating all snacks, eat snack once a day, and choose fresh fruit or protein.
- Instead of eliminating liquid calories, dressings, and sauces, use lower or zero calorie alternatives.
- When it comes to exercise, there's no need to go from zero to 100 instantly. Carter said people assume more is always better. "If lifting 2-3 times per week is good, 6-7 times is better! If walking every day is good, running sprints every day is better!" He added, "It's really just a matter of time before you burn out and have to, a) reassess your plan, or b) quit 👎." A better strategy is to move throughout the day, aiming to get 8,000 to 12,000 steps per day.
- Also start including weight lifting a few times a week.
Give it a try. For one month, keep your weight-loss plan simple with these six strategies. Carter said, "Best case scenario? It kickstarts your weight loss journey in a healthy, sustainable way. Worst case scenario? You don't lose much weight, but you're at least feeling better and engaging in a buttload of healthy habits that'll lead to success." What have you got to lose?